Norwich City v Bournemouth Preview

Norwich City v Bournemouth Preview

It's interesting that all season long so many Norwich City players have been rumoured with moves to bigger clubs.

Rather than having a team of big-time Charlies, Farke has created a solid team that won the Championship and played unselfishly for each other.

With a low wage bill individually and collectively, there is no reason why players should stay beyond loyalty if the club are relegated.

It has been described that the squad is made up of youngsters and third division Germans, so struggling was pretty much on the cards? We should never have started the season without an additional centre back as three all had long term injuries with Klose, our most experienced player still yet to be seen in a league game.

Through my eyes, Farke can do no wrong. He is a genuine gentleman and I am proud to call him our manager.

He has overperformed to get us in the Premier League and had a thankless task to keep us here with the lowest transfer budget by a country mile.

Ipswich beating Accrington Stanley last weekend and halting a fifteen game run without a win was an awful result last weekend. I dread the idea of playing having to play them again next season.

I loathe everything about Manchester United and their plastic fans so it was a double blow last Saturday. Not just the result but also in the manner of the defeat.

Only one shot in the first half produced a feeble performance against them. That makes it one win in 17 league attempts, a stat which causes the doom and gloom of this blog, unfortunately.

Most fans including me are surprised with two midfield additions. The latest acquisition even more so as Rupp is 29 and not likely to go up in value.

Farke has up to now always eased new lads the first 11 after several weeks at the club. It will be interesting to see if this approach changes due to the current dilemma we find ourselves in.

Having said that new faces are vital to freshen up the camp. Why no new defender though?

There has been plenty of chat regarding the future of Todd Cantwell. The Dereham boy was not a first pick throughout last season and required a couple of breaks to refocus.

He has chipped in with more goals than expected and linked well with Pukki and in fact played a far bigger role in the Premier League than expected at the start.

Having said that, he is not the finished article. He has lapses, leaves his full-back exposed on regular occasions when playing wide. He gets knocked off the ball easily and doesn’t get close enough to attackers on the edge of the box thus failing to cut outcrosses.

It's great he is a local lad but I’m not fussed if any player leaves if their heart is not at Carrow Road, or if a better opportunity knocks at their door.

On the subject of local lads, the Murphys have not set the world alight and are plodding along in the Championship at Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday.

The form change required to stay in the Premier League would be incredible rather than possible. If we do win against Bournemouth, it would resurrect some positivity.

Heading into the game, Grant Hanley limped off and has a cold but should be ok. Ben Godfrey is training again after a long break but will not be ready.

Timm Klose might be back before the end of the season and Teemu Pukki has a hamstring strain and damaged toe, but should be back in contention.

The same setup, as for every game this season, is to win the game. One upfront with a number 10. Two wide midfielders and two defensive midfielders. Two centre backs with two attacking wingbacks.

I predict a 1-1 draw which will be unhelpful for both clubs.

City, Villa and Bournemouth are looking favourites for relegation... or maybe history will be made with a great escape?

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